A former New York assistant attorney general, Letitia James, is suing her, alleging she covered up sexual harassment and a sexual assault by her former chief of staff, according to court documents.
Sofia Quintanar, 33, alleges that Ibrahim Khan “stuck his tongue down her throat” during a Nov. 17, 2021 fundraiser at a Brooklyn bar, according to the lawsuit. She alleges that James covered up the alleged assault and then made misleading statements to the media “that he was on vacation or with a sick relative when, in fact, he had been suspended for nearly two months,” the lawsuit says.
“By filing this complaint, I hope to increase the visibility and strength of women of color who have a voice in the #MeToo movement,” Quintanar said in a statement. “We are less likely to present ourselves in these situations because those in positions of power have historically thought less of us.
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“While I fear the effect this could have on my career, I know that fear should never get in the way of doing the right thing,” he added. “I hope that I can give other survivors the courage to find their voice and hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions when they demonstrate the belief that they are above the law.”
Khan resigned earlier this month after James announced that he had hired an outside law firm to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against him. The investigation concluded that he had engaged in sexual misconduct, James said.
Quintanar’s lawsuit also claims that James allowed another staff member to resign in 2019 under similar circumstances.
She was hired as deputy press secretary for James’ office in 2020 and went to work for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s re-election campaign in July 2021.
When she won, Quintanar began looking for a new job, which led her to attend the fundraiser where the alleged assault occurred, according to court documents.
After Khan allegedly tried to kiss her, she said: “Aren’t you married? Don’t you have children? What are you doing?”
Khan then allegedly leaned in for another kiss before he was turned away again, according to the complaint. Quintanar initially decided not to file a complaint against Khan out of fear that he would use his influence and his political connections to harm his career, the lawsuit says.
She was also concerned that Khan would claim the interaction was consensual. She said that she later found out that she had allegedly acted inappropriately with other women.
Quintanar’s attorneys, Douglas Wigdor and Valdi Licul, said the case is not about politics.
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“It is about the abuse of power, the absence of adequate supervision and the claim of the rights of Mrs. Quintanar. We will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice and accountability.”
Fox News Digital contacted James and Khan’s office. Quintanar is seeking unspecified damages.